Actually, I am in Appalachia (I hope you pronounce it correctly). As such, I know that doing what is right, regardless of “representation” is what is expected in our hills. As you are clearly concerned with representation, I will take this as an affirmation that you do indeed represent ECS whenever, wherever you post.
But, let us talk about representation for a minute, if you will.
As a firm believer in Christ, I like all Christians, represent Christ to the world. Do you? Are you representing the questioning minds? Are you representing Grace? Do you defend those who you think have wronged you in some way?
As a student of Scripture, I represent those who believe that, like the author of Job, to question is to live.
As an academic, I represent those who seek the truth and all truth is God’s truth, even if it upsets us, or causes us to consider the work we have done in the field as now worthless.
As a future teacher, I represent those who hope to teach in academic freedom, to follow Luther, Calvin, Barton, Campbell, and Wesley, in challenging what we know from Tradition, in challenging what we’ve been taught – taught how to read Scripture – and to, by this, encourage others.
I represent equally those who doubt, because in my doubt – doubt over the purity of Scripture, doubt in the “biblical values” – my faith in Christ has grown.
Paul, I want to now know – in your push to terminate, have you used more than your physical voice, and instead, as one who sits in an endowed chair, and related to those who have endowed chairs, some how become the oppressor you have sought to hide in Scripture?
Let’s talk theology, Paul. Are you, in all of this, in all of your interactions with Dr. Rollston, with students, those like us – with Scripture – have you exhibited the open table of your heritage, the grace of Jesus?
Tell us, Paul, theologically, who do you represent?